Joined on 10/25/01
Full featured and stable!
Pros: Fired up the first time and never faltered. Using OCZ Vertex 3 SSD and 3TB 7200 RPM Hitachi HD, both on SATA3 connections - both worked perfectly. Instant flash from USB stick is awesome. Recognized the XMP settings on my 16GB of 1600 8-8-8-24 DRAM, but I had to manually select to use that setting. Still, it worked great. Front panel USB 3 ports. Well-labeled connections, no need to consult manual. 2 of the 4 SATA3 cables have right angle connectors on one end. UEFI BIOS is quick and well organized. ESATA port on rear panel is SATA3. 6 well-positioned fan connectors, 5 with speed control. Very quick boot-up, just about 3 seconds before Windows begins loading.
Cons: There was some mechanical interference between the heat sink backplate and the cutout in the motherboard tray of the 922 HAF case. Apparently the CPU socket on this MB is not positioned where Cooler Master expected it to be. But the insulation tape on the backplate kept me out of trouble. I'm not sure if this is unique to this MB or if all 1155 MBs might have this problem in the 922 HAF case. The all-in-one monitor and tuning software utility does not always jive with the settings in the BIOS. I don't trust it. I tried the "Advanced Turbo 50" setting not knowing exactly what it would do. It resulted in what I considered to be extreme overclocking settings (4800MHz and aggressive voltages) and although it booted into Windows with these settings and would probably have run, I shut it down quickly as I saw temperatures nearing 90C (using CM 212+ heatsink). This seems like a risky one-click option in the BIOS, ASRock showing off. FAN speed control is a bit mysterious but function
Overall Review: Great experience: I was experimenting with overclocking without raising voltages and when I reached 4800MHz, the machine crashed a few seconds after booting. I watched it do this for 3 cycles then it stayed off - and the handy CMOS clear pushbutton on the back panel *LIT UP IN RED* like it was saying "push me now to fix everything!". I pushed it, and the machine immediately started up with stable BIOS settings. Totally blew me away!
Did not work on Win98 SE
Comments: NewEgg's service was great as always, but I could not install this modem under Windows 98 SE. The one I received came with a different driver CD than what is pictured. The driver CD that I received has a black label, and is marked as version 1.0 with a 2005 copyright. Best Data's web site has a page under construction for a driver for a model 56FW92-A. Perhaps the 'A' model is what they are now shipping, although the box and board give no indication of this. The board appears to be identical to the photo. Oh well.